The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday met to review the outcome of the report of the joint committee set up early this year to explore electronic collation and transmission of the results of elections slated for next year.
The Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Professor Umar Dambatta who spoke after the meeting, which had INEC chief, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, Executive Commissioner Technical Services (EC-TS) at the NCC, Engr Ubale Maska, national commissioners of INEC and top echelon staff of both the two agencies in attendance, described the parley as a huge step toward entrenching free, fair and credible elections in the country.
“Remember this joint committee was set up seven months ago. They’ve worked hard, and the whole idea was to produce a document on the basis of which elections can be conducted in a manner that’s conducive, credible, and of course, transparent. This can only be done by leveraging the power of ICT; so this is to bring to bear global best practices in the way and manner elections are conducted all over the world,” Dambatta said .
Earlier, Yakubu had expressed delight with the way the NCC rose up to the challenge of INEC as well as the efforts of the joint committee of the two organizations.
Prof Yakubu said: “When we started, we were clear in our minds that we must challenge every national institution to contribute towards free, fair and credible elections in Nigeria. We are happy that the NCC has risen to this challenge.
“And we look forward to implementing these recommendations. If there are other areas we need your collaborations we hope you will remain open to us to do so. But we are very happy that one major national institution has been challenged and has risen to the challenge,”
It would be recalled that in January this year, the NCC and INEC, in a deal acclaimed to have the potential of playing a major role in the outcome of future elections in the country, reached an agreement on the electronic transmission of results in the general election scheduled for next year,
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